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Trail Run Picos de Europa | The ‘Anillo’
Join us on an epic trail running journey as we look to make a circumnavigation around the Picos de Europa in northern Spain.
The ‘Anillo’ covers an immense circular trail throughout the Picos de Europa National Park, and this trail run has everything and more: rocky crests, gorges, lush valleys, vast glacial lakes, and leafy forests. There is no doubt that you will be amazed by what you find on our trail running journey.
Over the course of five days, we’ll experience the very best of what the Picos de Europa has to offer, staying in high mountain refuges and covering rewarding daily distances, all the while by being surrounded by blissful lofty peaks.
Deposit for one person Final balance of £795 due 12 weeks before departure£300 BOOK
We are taking bookings for departures into 2021 and beyond into 2022, but understand anyone considering travel will likely have additional concerns and questions.
During uncertain times, flexibility and confidence can be invaluable, and we understand you might be apprehensive when it comes to booking a trail running adventure right now.
So, we wanted to outline our assurances for all new and existing bookings:
FULLY REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS - On all new bookings. For all new bookings we have now included a six-week cooling off period which begins after the day your book with us. What that means is that your initial deposit is fully-refundable in the event that you change your mind, no questions asked.
Once the six-week cooling off period has ended your deposit payment then comes in line with our existing terms and conditions which states that deposit payments made are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by yourself.
FLEXIBLE CHANGES - For all bookings, we’re allowing you to flexibly change to any other future departure (dependent on availability) using existing monies paid as credit. We are also reducing the number of days’ notice we ask for before your departure for you to make changes, down from 90 days to 45 days. This means you can change your trip, for any reason, up to 45 days before your scheduled departure date. No hassle, no questions asked and no charge. If you choose to amend your booking, you can select any new destination or departure date.
FINANCIAL PROTECTION - All customers booking with Pure Trails Adventure are fully financial protected in the unlikely event of financial failure by the company. When you book your adventure with us you are covered by the Travel Regulation Insolvency Protection. What that means is that your holiday with us is financially safe, secure and water tight with 100% protection and no additional cost.
TRIP POSTPONEMENT - As a travel company based in the UK, we follow The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). If they advise against ‘all but essential travel’ or ‘all travel’ to a destination, we’ll postpone or amend itineraries in accordance with this advice. If your running adventure is affected as a result of these changes, one of our team will contact you directly. If we need to postpone your trip for any other reason, we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can.
Please, rest assured, though – if your trip is postponed, for any reason, you will still get the running adventure you paid for, on a date that suits you and this will remain 100% financially protected.
2 nights accommodation at the Hotel Lagos Nature in Cangas de Onis
2 nights accommodation at Vega de Ario and Vegabaño mountain refuges
Semi-supported trail running trip
Breakfast and dinner throughout the trip
1 : 4 Guides to Runners Ratio
3 Days of Trail Running on empty trails
Max 12 runners
Lunches throughout (purchased locally)
Beverages and snacks
Personal equipment and bills
Travel Insurance (REQUIRED before trip departure – for cancellation, accidents, health, emergency evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage or personal effects)
We specialise in arranging excellent trail running holidays, but do not book International flights. We have designed this journey to begin on a Wednesday (22nd July) and finish on a Sunday (26th July) to work around the direct London Stansted - Santander (SDR) flight which works to the best timings. It is also possible to fly to Bilbao (BIO) from Manchester and Edinburgh airports.
We will discuss with you about our trusted and recommended ways to book international flights through excellent ATOL protected partners who offer great value, ease of service and flight protection.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit Spain.
Being a group of max. 12 runners with a mixture of ages and running abilities we may decide to split into flexible groups, all of which will be supported by our running guides who will travel with us on the trip.
By splitting the group will allow us all to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.
Trail running on this circumnavigation of the Picos de Europa involves three long days of trail running amongst remarkable mountain scenery. One of the joys of the Picos de Europa is that fewer travellers outside of Spain generally visit which means we benefit from relatively empty trails.
Our route is challenging and involves distances of approx. 14 miles daily, inclusive of steep up hill (up to 1400m) and steep down hill sections (as much as -1000m). We can expect to be on our feet from anywhere between 4 - 6+ hours.
The terrain is ideal for trail running and we can expect a mixture of lush green grasses, beech and virgin forests to the rougher limestone rocks that characterize the central and western Massifs of the national park.
In July we expect long, summer days with blue skies and lots of sun. Being above 1,000m should mean that daily temperatures are perfect for trail running, but it must be stressed that given our journey routes around the Picos de Europa we need to be prepared for all weather with the possibility of rain and foggy conditions. At night/early morning temperatures outside will dip, but these soon vanish as soon as the sun comes up.
TRIP ADVENTURE GRADE: C (CHALLENGING)
Challenging graded trail runs feature longer trails which involves some long, steep ascents, as well as steep descents which are away from civilization. The trails we travel on can sometimes reach higher altitudes up to 3,000m and follows rough and more difficult terrain. Previous experience would be advantageous, but not essential.
Total Distance: approx. 71.0 km
Total Running Days: 3 Days
Lowest Elevation: 221m
Highest Elevation: 2,134m
Elevation Gain: 4,017m
The daily distances and itinerary may change according to local weather conditions and the groups condition.
Trail running the ‘Anillo’ (The Ring) as we make a circumnavigation of the Picos de Europa
Run amongst stunning landscapes which offers immense views from the heart of the National Park
Stay in high mountain refuges which gives the journey more of an expeditionary experience
Located high in the mountains and above 1,400m we will spend two nights of the journey in cosy mountain refuges.
The refuges are maintained and operated by mountain wardens and our stay will be in bunk bed formation where blankets and sleeping bags are available.
Despite being high in the mountains the refuges offer warm showers and hot meals, as well as jaw dropping 360 degree mountain scenery straight from the front door.
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